Have your say on pro­posed new sta­dium

Matamata Chronicle - - Out And About - ABBY BROWN

Mata­mata Fu­tures want Mata­mata res­i­dents’ thoughts on their pro­posed in­door sta­dium that they have been dis­cussing for many years.

The trust has set up an on­line sur­vey which can be ac­cessed through sur­vey­mon­key.com/ r/6FXVZGW.

The dead­line for feed­back is Wed­nes­day June 15.

‘‘We look for­ward to hear­ing from or­gan­i­sa­tions and the peo­ple in the Mata­mata com­mu­nity,’’ Trust chair­man Frank Healey said.

Healey said for more than a decade the Mata­mata com­mu­nity has been dis­cussing the need for a multi-pur­pose in­door sta­dium in Mata­mata to re­place the towns aging fa­cil­i­ties to en­sure that the com­mu­nity has a new sta­dium to meet the cur­rent and fu­ture needs of the grow­ing com­mu­nity

He said the trust be­lieved Mata­mata and its sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties did need a fit-for-pur­pose fa­cil­ity that in­cludes two in­door courts, shared so­cial spa­ces and as­so­ci­ated ameni­ties, such as chang­ing rooms, toi­lets and equip­ment stor­age sim­i­lar to those that are en­joyed by neigh­bour­ing towns.

Mod­ern com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, such as Mata­mata Sta­dium, was likely to have sig­nif­i­cant pos­i­tive so­cial and eco­nomic im­pacts on the com­mu­nity.

He said as­sets like that would re­tain and at­tract the smart peo­ple needed to make Mata­mata a pros­per­ous and thriv­ing town. The trust had es­ti­mated the cost of the build. ‘‘Our in­ves­ti­ga­tions show the Mata­mata Sta­dium project is likely to cost around $4 mil­lion.

‘‘A lo­cal phi­lan­thropist has gen­er­ously contributed $800,000 for the ex­press pur­pose of build­ing a new fa­cil­ity and a num­ber of other po­ten­tial fund­ing sources have been iden­ti­fied.

‘‘If the com­mu­nity wants this, we be­lieve we can make this hap­pen.’’

The Fu­tures Trust has en­gaged con­sul­tancy Gi­b­lin Group, to carry out an in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment of the Mata­mata Sta­dium project.

‘‘That re­port will in­ves­ti­gate what the needs are so that the Mata­mata Sta­dium can pro­vide for as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.’’ No de­ci­sion on the lo­ca­tion had been made. ‘‘Sev­eral lo­ca­tions to lo­cate the Sta­dium are presently be­ing con­sid­ered,’’ he said.

A num­ber of stake­hold­ers have been in­ter­viewed to in­form the re­port but the Trust was keen to see what the rest of the com­mu­nity thought.

Frank Healey

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